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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Political Science Courses

POLS 211 - National and Texas Constitutions

3 hours

This is a comprehensive treatment of U.S. and Texas Constitutions. The course deals with the formation of these constitutions and the governments which were established as a result. This course fulfills the government requirements as established by the Texas Education Agency. (Fall)

POLS 220 - Introduction to Public Policy

3 hours

An introduction to the history and implementation of American public policies.  The course will examine the historical context of key public policies, their creation and implementation, and their success of failure.  The course will also explore the various constituencies and agencies involved in the formation of public policy.  The course will focus largely on federal policies, but delve into state and local policy formation as well.

POLS 291 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

POLS 320 - American International Relations

3 hours

Details American foreign policies and diplomatic relations toward Europe, Latin America, and Asia, from the revolutionary era to the present. Will detail major foreign policy decisions and initiatives and the results of each.  (Also taught as HIST 320.) (Fall, odd years)

POLS 360 - American National Government

3 hours

The organization, functions, and processes of America's national government, with particular attention to constitutional framework, the judiciary, Congress, the presidency, political parties, interest groups, and the individuals as citizen. (Offered periodically)

POLS 364 - American Constitutional Development

3 hours

An historical and institutional study of the origin, growth, and interpretation of the United States Constitution, with emphasis on the leading decisions of the Supreme Court. (Offered periodically)

POLS 425 - Executive Leadership

3 hours

A study of leadership styles and their impact on politics and history. Examines the elements of leadership by focusing on different figures from the political, military, and corporate arenas, such as Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Carnegie, Alexander the Great, and Winston Churchill. Students will be able to take information gained from this class and apply it to a variety of life situations.   (Also taught as HIST 425.)  (Offered periodically)

POLS 491 - Selected Topics

1-3 hours

Prerequisite: Approval of department chair

Designed for the student who wishes to do independent study or research. Content and method of study must be arranged prior to registration. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

POLS 492 - Political Science Internship

1-3 hours

Students in the History, International Relations, and Public Policy major will take three hours of internship work. This may be three hours at one internship agency, or divided among different agencies in one-hour increments. Students will meet with departmental faculty and agency representatives to agree on an internship contract before beginning the course. The internship(s) will enable students to work directly in an area of their interest, give them experience vital in job searches, and give them an advantage when seeking graduate education.  Eligible for IP grading.

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